Ice Hockey World Championship Betting Tips

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Looking for free Ice Hockey World Championship predictions and tips?

Our experts provide betting tips, predictions, previews and best bets for the biggest international ice hockey tournament.

The 2021 Ice Hockey World Championship, taking place in Latvia, gets underway on Friday May 21 and concludes with the final on Sunday, June 6.

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What Ice Hockey World Championship Betting Markets Can I Bet On?

The main Ice Hockey World Championship betting markets are Moneyline, spread and over / under total goals:

Money Line - The money line is betting on which team will win the game. There is no option for a draw in the NHL, with teams going to overtime and/or a shootout if the score is tied at the end of regulation, so the moneyline is a two-way market in which you bet on one team to win, and it includes overtime. 

Line - The line market is more also known as a handicap. Bookmakers will assign one team a positive (+) or negative (-) spread, line or handicap depending on favouritism for the game, and the bettor bets to cover the line.

Let’s use an Ice Hockey World Championship game between Canada and Latvia as an example. If Latvia start with a +1.5 line and you bet on Latvia in this market, they need to win the game or lose by less than 2 goals in order for your bet to win.

On the other side of the coin, Canada would be assigned a -1.5 line spread meaning they would need to win by 2 or more goals in order for your bet on Canada to be a winner.

Over / Under Total Goals - This Ice Hockey World Championship betting market allows bettors to bet on the total amount of goals scored in a game by both teams. The sportsbook will set a line, let’s say 5.5 goals and you can bet on the total goals scored by both teams going over or under that total.

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Bookmaker bet365 are live streaming ice hockey games direct to your iPhone, iPad or Android device, as well as desktop, meaning you don't have to miss a moment of the action.

Live streaming is only available to eligible customers and to watch an ice hockey live stream all you need is a funded account or to have placed a bet in the last 24 hours. Read on for our step-by-step guide to watching ice hockey live streams at bet365:

How To Watch Ice Hockey Live Streams


  1. Visit the bet365 website
  2. Log into your account or register for one
  3. Navigate to the In-Play link on the homepage
  4. Choose 'hockey'
  5. Select an ice hockey match with a play icon beside it
  6. Make sure you have met the relevant ice hockey live streaming rules
  7. Once the game gets underway you will have access to live streaming and in-play betting

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Ice Hockey World Championship FAQ

When is the Ice Hockey World Championship?

The 2021 Ice Hockey World Championship stars on Friday, May 21 and ends on Sunday, June 6.

How many teams participate in the Ice Hockey World Championship?

The Ice Hockey World Championship consists of a total of 16 teams.

What teams will play in the 2021 Ice Hockey World Championship?

The 16 teams that play in the NHL are as follows – Belarus, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Norway, ROC, Slovakia, Sweden, Switzerland, United States.

Who are the ROC team playing at the 2021 Ice Hockey World Championship?

Doping sanctions mean Russian players cannot compete in the tournament under the Russian flag, nor can they stand for the Russian national anthem before games. They are eligible to play in the tournament, so they are playing under the name ROC and are considered neutral athletes.

Who won the 2020 Ice Hockey World Championship?

The 2020 Ice Hockey World Championship was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The last Ice Hockey World Championship took place in 2019 and Finland won the gold medal.

Who has won the most Ice Hockey World Championships?

Russia/Soviet Union have combined for 27 gold medals, with Canada next up at 26.